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Ex-NRL players Dean Widders, Timana Tahu debate divisive State of Origin Welcome to Country

Ex-NRL players Dean Widders, Timana Tahu debate divisive State of Origin Welcome to Country

The Welcome to Country ceremony that accompanies major sporting events in Australia has again sparked debate, particularly the recent version for game one of this year’s State of Origin series.

A ceremony typically performed by a local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Elder to welcome people and acknowledge events that are taking place on traditional lands, Welcome to Country has become commonplace for major events.

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While Savannah Fynn’s welcome for Origin 1 in Sydney was well received in many circles, it led controversial radio host Kyle Sandilands to suggest the practice had become “overused and lost its impact”.

Issues also arose within Indigenous communities about the choice of Fynn for the massive rugby league event, which was watched by 3.4 million people.

Former NRL players Dean Widders and Timana Tahu debated the…

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